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National team to fine-tune prep in UAE

The national cricket team is set to fine tune their preparation for the ICC World Twenty20 with eight-day training in the UAE.


Nepal along with all other five associate countries Ireland, Afghanistan, UAE, the Netherlands and Hong Kong who will be participating in the World Twenty will be provided with the training opportunity from the global cricket governing body ICC.


Nepal will leave UAE for their preparation on March 1 and begin the training a day later.


The national team will then leave for Bangladesh for the World Tweny20 on March 10.


The World Twenty20 begins from March 16. Nepal — who play Hong Kong, hosts Bangladesh and Afghanistan in Group 1 — will also play few official practice matches before the tournament begins.


Nepal’s opponents in the practice matches are yet to be announced. Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has already sent a list of 30 players to the ICC and will trim down the squad to 15 by the second week of February.


Nepali cricketers will begin the closed-camp from February 14 before they head for UAE.


Nepal will open their tournament campaign in Bangladesh with a day/night match against Hong Kong on March 16.


Their second match against host Bangladesh on March 18 will also be played under floodlights, while the day match against Afghanistan will be on March 20.


All of Nepal’s matches will be held in Chittagong.

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